Clara Virginia Austin McConnell, age 93 of Pulaski died Tuesday May 25, 2010 in Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born November 10, 1916 in Wythe County, and was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Surratt Austin and Charles Orville Austin.
She retired from the Department of Health and Human Services in the bookkeeping department. After retirement in 1981, she moved from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to Roanoke. She was a Veteran of the Women’s Army Corps of the U.S. Army serving in W.W. II, was a member of the American Legion Cissel Saxon Post #41 in Silver Spring, Md., and served on the committee for the implementation and design for the Vietnam War Memorial. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ford Franklin McConnell; four brothers, Joseph Warren Austin, Earl Lester Austin, Herbert Wayne Austin, Fred S. Austin; and a sister, Dorcas A. Roseberry.
She is survived by a brother: Ray Rudolph Austin and his wife Betty of Martinsville; two nieces, Jan Roseberry Butcher and her husband Jeff of Stephens City, and Mary Jane Gardiner of Christiansburg; two grand-nephews, James Bennett Butcher of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Donald Todd Duncan of Christiansburg; one grand-niece, Laura Elizabeth Butcher of Stephens City. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Kitty Boo.
Funeral services will be held Friday May 28 at 11 a.m. at Seagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Winn officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens where the V.F.W. Post 1184 will conduct military honors.
The family will receive friends Friday morning at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. service time. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, they may make memorial contributions in her memory to the V.F.W. Post 1184, P.O. Box 2005 Pulaski, VA 24301, or to the A.S.P.C.A. 424 E. 92nd St. New York, New York 10128.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.